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In the book ordinary Men by Chris Browning the theme depicted the difficult life of the Reserve Police Battalion 101 on account of how ordinary men were transformed into anti-semantic killing machines Although this was during the holocaust era the book ensured readers that your everyday teachers Neighbors or friends have the ability to kill What drove these men to their darkest hour It appears it was no over night process and their was many escape routes Upon entering a new assignment Trapp would offer Any of the older men who did not feel up to the task that lay before them could step out Browning 57 This left us readers wondering why didnt the men escape while they could Easier said then done While some men were strong enough stand up to authority majority of the officers fell victim due to the pressures of manipulation fear and strategic routinesManipulation is exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for ones own advantage This factor was very powerful in influencing ordinary men to go against their morals without realizing the implication of their actions Through the manipulation they were able to rationalize their actions One police officer noted I reasoned with myself that after all without its mother a child could not live any longer browning 73 This persuaded him to thinking of killing the children more as a favor and helped avoid dealing with the guilt eating him away Unfortunately not all manipulation was self-rationalized officials inflected it too The Battalion police were feed many lies to keep their anti-Semitism flourishing For early morning speeches by major Trapp he made sure to address Jews as the enemy and remind them the enemy was killing German women and children by bombing Germanybrowning 73 This pressure to protect their nation allowed the men to kill Jews with ease While these ordinary men were methodically manipulated to carry out hennas acts This manipulation was so subtle and
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